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August 5, 2019

Is there ever really a true family hobby? Something that can bring all generations of a family together without anyone dragging their heels at the back or watching the football on their phone? You go hiking, someone gets tired at the back. You go camping, and realise t...

August 15, 2018

We have a very limited knowledge of Sergeant-Major Dominick Mitchell, the-some-time 2-i-c of the original Prince Rupert’s Bluecoats.

The sergeant-major, or, as we say today, major, of the regiment, was usually the third in command after the colonel and lieutenant-colone...

June 16, 2018

This week I realised, as I nattered with my TAs after class, that I had just uttered the phrase 'back in my day' without the slightest sense of irony. I was (and still am) distraught - surely this is the first step down the slippery slope that ends with me in carpet sl...

April 30, 2018

 I won't lie to you, the temptation to start this article off by flexing the old creative writing muscles was a very genuine concern. There's something about the breach of the city of Bristol, during that first siege in 1643, that warrants a bit of pomp and spectacle....

April 15, 2018

I will confess myself very ignorant on the matter of the 1st Foot Guards. When the re-enactment regiment was first raised a few years ago, as an offshoot of Prince Rupert's Bluecoats, a number of fellow Bluecoats took great(ish) pains to point out the historic legacy o...

April 11, 2018

It was the 16th of May 1992, the sports hall at Woughton Campus, Milton Keynes; I was 16 rising 17 and, as a keen role-player, I was attending the Milton Keynes Wargames Society annual ‘Campaign Weekend’.

This was 2 days of solid wargaming and fantasy role-playing games...

March 29, 2018

The car's packed, we've got a full tank of petrol and a hefty supply of waterproofs - it must be an Easter Bank Holiday at Basing house! The annual Sealed Knot event at Basing, Hampshire usually re-enacts the three major sieges that occurred there over the course of th...

March 17, 2018

When I joined the regiment in 1998, there were four regional companies making up the regiment as a whole. For various reasons they were not of equal size, and eventually the regiment was reorganised and the companies ceased to exist except in memory and in the colours...

March 10, 2018

Charles I is having a moment. With the current exhibition Charles I: King and Collector running at the Royal Academy in London coupled with Leanda de Lisles’ new book White King – Charles I – Traitor, Murderer, Martyr a much overdue reappraisal of one of most maligned...

March 10, 2018

I am, as you may have gathered from previous postings, a massive Civil War and Sealed Knot geek. I've been a member of the Sealed Knot since I could walk, since I could talk, and certainly long before I could make any sense of what was going on around me. And all throu...